Mahindra NuvoSport - What's Inside?
Mahindra and Mahindra has launched the NuvoSport in India. Priced at INR 7.35 lakhs (ex.showroom, Thane) for the base variant, the NuvoSport is a replacement for the not-so-successful Quanto – Mahindra’s first attempt in the compact SUV segment.
The home-grown carmaker calls it a brand-new offering as it is now based on the newer, stiffer, lighter platform that underpins the new Scorpio and the TUV300 (unlike the Quanto’s ladder-frame chassis). The engine is an updated version of the TUV300’s 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel, now christened the 'Hawk100’. The 100 in the nomenclature signifies the max power output of 100bhp while the peak torque stands at 240Nm. Although the numbers are almost identical to the Quanto’s, Mahindra calls this a new powerplant from an all-new engine family.
Now, let’s talk about the interiors – for which you actually clicked on this link.
Though they aren’t exactly identical and minor refreshments have been given to the NuvoSport’s insides, the cabin is quite similar to the Quanto’s, especially the awkwardly-shaped air-con vents. The changes lend a fresher appeal, but the cabin still looks dated. The orange-lit display atop the vents has been carried over and shows both inside and out outside temperatures, time, gear position, and the likes.
Below the vents is a revised set-up that houses a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s not a fancy custom unit like the one in the Scorpio, but instead an aftermarket Kenwood unit instead. The resolution of the unit is decent but it is placed in a weird manner, which makes it hard to glance at. It doesn’t feature navigation, but the connectivity options are good. There’s a choice of AUX, USB and Bluetooth to play your favourite music.
The plastic quality, as well as the fit and finish, appears to have improved when compared to the Quanto, but they are still nowhere close to the segment benchmark. Even the TUV300 scores above the NuvoSport in this aspect. The air-con controls are new and so is the steering wheel that now comes with audio and cruise-control buttons for the range-topping model. Also new, is the instrument cluster that shows many a lot of interesting info such as duration for which the vehicle has been run with the air-conditioner on.
Mahindra claims it’s more spacious than the TUV300 (wait for our review for the certification), thanks to its longer 2,760mm wheelbase Not just its longer – it’s wider as well. So, you get more leg as well as headroom. Being a seven-seater like the TUV, there’s a pair of jump seats that reside in the boot. These are good only for kids since they lack head and shoulder room. Space on the second bench is truly impressive, though, and the seats too are large and supportive. Luggage space is quite nice at 414-litres with the jump seats folded, going all -the- way to 850-litres if the middle row is down.
The NuvoSport is also well equipped when it comes to safety features. It is available with optional ABS and dual airbags on even the base variant. Read about all its variants here.
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